Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Saved Me from Myself

Happy Tuesday!

Now that I have some free time, I can get back to blogging! Okay, who else has struggled the same as me with this freebie? It took me a while to come up with my topic. But I think I’ve decided on a good one. πŸ˜‰

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. July’s last prompt is a freebie. I am an advocate for mental health and illnesses. You know I hold them in special regard. So I want to highlight the books that saved me from myself. They’ve come to me when I was down or stumbling in life.

I hope you all love my choices!

Sunshine and Bullets

You need a dark romance for a dark moment in your life, I say. And Coralee offers you that and more. I hesitated with the series, but I found a part of myself when I finished the first book within a day.


Sorcery of Thorns

Since the emotional upheaval in my life, sometimes I can’t get into certain books and fall into slumps much easier. Not with Margaret’s second novel. I jumped right in and couldn’t stop living within each page of this book. I love the worldbuilding and character development.


Sense and Sensibility

I always thought that hiding my troubles was the best solution not to deal with them. But seeing the strength of sisterhood in Sense and Sensibility changed my mind.


This Savage Song

When a novel causes an existential crisis for you, you know you’ve found the right book. The complex, flawed, and morally gray characters are what sets this book apart from the others I’ve read. Understanding what makes you bad and good is deeply engrossing.



I finished Marissa’s debut novel in a day. I rarely accomplish that feat. But I loved reading it. The book made me love science fiction more than I could have imagined. And like Cinder, I accepted all the broken and odd pieces of myself.


Bruja Born

I love the family dynamic in this sequel. Leaning on your loved ones is paramount in the healing process. I understood what Lula went through. Death is devastating, and it makes people do horrible acts so they can cope. Lula shows you that but also tells readers redemption is hard yet satisfying.

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Saved Me from Myself

  1. “And like Cinder, I accepted all the broken and odd pieces of myself.” – I love this. I really love this because I struggled with this too. I’m proud of you for this and I want you to know that even with that, you are so deserving to be loved. I’m happy these books saved you and I’m happy you’re learning life lessons from them. You’re worthy, lovely. And thank you for sharing these.

    – Chai @ Like Chai Tea


  2. This is an excellent topic! I have an ancient (circa 1992-ish) copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that I keep because I stumbled across it in a bargain bin just out of high school when I was feeling pretty lonely and down. Anytime I’m feeling blue, I grab that beat up old hardback and smile, even without cracking it open.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!


  3. Sibby! I love how vulnerable, open, and brave this post is and I’m thankful that you shared it with us! It’s always comforting to know that our feelings are felt by others, and sometimes getting that connection and inspo from books can be so very powerful. I just love your twist on this week’s prompt and you!!

    Plus I’ve never heard of (but plan on looking into) Sunshine and Bullets, so I’m going to do that asap!

    Heart you!! Feel free to check out my very basic list here lol:


  4. I really feel like this was such a personal topic to share with us, and I’m so glad you did. Sometimes people don’t realize that books, people, songs, movies, etc can literally save us from ourselves, and highlighting that makes it normal for people to realize that it’s okay. I’m glad you did this, and I’m glad these books saved you ❀ You're amazing Siobhan.

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    • If you could see the smile on my face right now! Ahhh, thank you, sweets. πŸ’œ I always like to share how they have helped not only myself but others. And I’m happy you brought it up because I feel strongly about it.


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